Trying to remote to 2003 server, but won't allow me

Posted on 2004-10-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-19
I'm trying to RDP to our only 2003 server and I get an error saying I was disconnected because there are no Terminal Server License Servers available to provide a license.  I haven't had this happen before.  I went onto the server and under the remote tab there isn't the space for adding users for Remote Desktop access.  Just something about terminal services.  We don't use terminal services.  Is there a way to switch it back to the default install or get it to work with terminal services as an admin login only?
Question by:kgbsd
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    Sounds like you have installed terminal services to this server.  That is why it is looking for a license server.  In Server 2003 there is no need to install terminal services to be able to RDP to the server.  This is different from Windows 2000 when you had to install terminal services and tell it to run in administration mode.  In 2003 you just need to right click on my computer and go to the remote tab (you've already been there obviously).  Suggest you go to the add/remove programs and remove the windows compnent terminal services.  Then check to make sure your remote is enabled under the my computer referenced above.  It should automatically have the domain admins allowed access.  For future reference on a non domain controller there will be a local group called remote desktop users, that is where you put the users that are allowed to TS to that server.  For domain controllers it is controlled by the security policy.

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    Terminal Server was isntalled.  I removed it and will have to reboot now, but have to wait until morning for that due to server usage.   I'll post after that.

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